Author: Kiera Cass
Rating: 4/5 Stars
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Well, I’m really surprised by this one. I did’t think I was going to like it, but I flew through it in about a day. It was a very easy, breezy read. America at times was a tad bit infuriating because she would just…choose. But other than that I really enjoyed it. It was cute and happy. It does have quite a bit of set up that goes into the next book (which I’ve already read, but that will go up in a separate review). I adored Maxon, but for some reason couldn’t really connect myself to Aspen. He just kind of rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. But over all I really enjoyed this one as a quick and easy read. If I had to choose I think I would ship Maxon and America. I really like them together. I think Maxon brings out the stronger and more determined side of America. When America is with Aspen I feel like he holds her back (and not because of his caste, but because of that way that it feels like he doesn’t want America to do something more). America has the potential to change things and with Maxon I think she could do just that.